Bios

Ann Dragich

Nicole Ohr

Khalid Hill

Ann has choreographed and performed around New York City, including Symphony Space, FIT, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and Duplex Cabaret Theater, and is on faculty at NJPAC, ATDF and The DreamYard Project. Ann has performed in Paris Fashion Week as part of the Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show. Originally from California, Ann studied at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca.
Nicole has had the opportunity to perform at Broadway Underground, the Main Event, Tap and Song, Rhythm in Motion, Jacob’s Pillow, and The PULSE on Tour. You can find Nicole tapping in Broadway Dance Center’s Step Up 3D, Jason Janas' instructional DVD, and in Aaron Tolson's Solepower promo video. Nicole was recently presented as a featured Tap dancer by So Danca. As a choreographer, Nicole has had her work presented at the Undertoe Dance New York Season, The Astoria Dance Festival, Run The Night, Choreographer's Canvas, Dance Astoria, Choreographers' Collective and Queensboro Dance Festival.
Khalid holds a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU, and has toured as a featured artist across US and Canada. As a dance instructor and educator, he has taught master classes and lectured at Gordon College, the University of North Carolina, Bridgewater State University and Lehman College. His credits include: Bounce (in Disney World) with Mogee & Friends; the first national tour of Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk under the direction of George C Wolfe; The Jerry Lewis Telethon 2006 in Las Vegas; Invitations To A Dancer with Savion Glover; Cholesterol Low Down (national tour) with Debbie Allen and Dick Clark. Khalid’s most recent abroad performance was in Berlin where he ​​
performed with the Boston Tap Company and One Love Entertainment at the Bread and Butter Fashion Week Festival to help promote the Fall of 2012 attire of the Floris Van Bommel shoe company. Khalid has performed as a featured soloist for Hillary Clinton, Bill Irwin and Maya Angelou. 
 

Clare Perret

Clare has bachelor's degrees in dance and business administration, as well as a master's degree in publishing. She also holds a teaching certificate from the American Tap Dance Institute. She has performed in California with the Standing Room Only theater company, and in New York with the Double Troubles swing dance company. Clare currently lives in New York City, where she works in children's publishing and continues her study of tap dance.

Tamii Sakurai

Tamii Sakurai is originally from Tokyo, Japan, where she was trained as a tap dancer by her grandfather, Satoshi “Bin” Hino. She moved to New York by herself at the age of 16 to pursue her education and explore opportunities. Since living in New York, she became a founding member/ dance captain, and now is a rehearsal director of Tap City Youth Ensemble, a project of American Tap Dance Foundation. Tamii has had the privilege of working with numerous leading tap dancers including Barbara Duffy, Derick K. Grant and Caleb Teicher, and companies such as Brenda Bufalino’s “New” American Tap Dance Orchestra and Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance. In 2006, she founded her own company Team Walt with her close friends in Tokyo.  Since she graduated in from CUNY Hunter College with BA in Mathematics and Dance, Tamii joined the New York City cast for the long-running Off-Broadway show STOMP, where she feels humbled to perform with talented cast every night. Tamii is extremely thankful for her grandfather for introducing her to tap dancing, and she continues dancing as a tribute to him.

Rosie Marinelli

Edward Tolve

Rosie recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College as a double major with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Communication Arts. As a dance major under the direction of Katie Langan, Rosie trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern with notable faculty members such as Ayodele Casel, Anthony Morigerato, Sheila Barker, Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Lorna Ventura, Lone Larsen, Juan Carlos Penuela, Kim Craven, and Robert Atwood. While at Marymount, Rosie performed original works by Anthony Morigerato, Elena Comendador, and Catherine Cabeen. Rosie also currently performs with Pamela Hetherington's "Take It Away Dance" in Philadelphia.
​Edward Tolve's credits include Off Broadway: Sayonara. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Reagle Theater, Cape Rep, Northern Stage, Palace Theater, Underground Railway and Nora Theater. Featured tap dancer in Sleep No More. Training: Boston Conservatory and LaGuardia Arts. Edward thanks every teacher he’s ever had, family, friends, JCWA and Liz for their consistent love and support. www.edwardtolve.com

Moreen Jiang


​Moreen was born in Taipei city, Taiwan, where she started tap dancing.  Moreen began her professioal career performing with her teachers and some native dancers in her hometown. Moreen continues to present her work in Taiwan, and has been a special guest at the Hong Kong Tap Festival.​​​​​​​

In 2013, Moreen moved to New York to complete the international student programs at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Moreen has presented her own work in New York, and has worked with several choreographers. She has performed at Tap City, Smalls jazz club, and Rhythm In Motion.



 






​Photo Credit: Marcia Bricker Halperin Courtesy of Spoke the Hub